The Day of Six Billion

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The United Nations Population Fund designated October 12, 1999 as the approximate day on which world population reached six billion following the birth of Adnan Mević, the first son of Fatima Helać and Jasminko Mević, in Sarajevo, Bosnia.[1] It was officially designated The Day of Six Billion.

Demographers do not universally accept this date as being exact. In fact there has been subsequent research which places the day of six billion to be nearer to June 18 or June 19, 1999.[2] Also according to that source the approximate day on which world population will reach seven billion is calculated to be Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 16:26:56.

Adnan Mević, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 12 October 1999, was chosen by the United Nations as the symbolic 6 billionth concurrently alive person on Earth.[1] He is the first son of Fatima Helać, 29, and her husband Jasminko Mević. The child was born weighing 3.5 kilograms in the Koševo hospital in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He had been proclaimed by the United Nations Population Fund and welcomed by the secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, as the six billionth baby. He was born on the designated day two minutes after midnight.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Edith M. Lederer (12 October 1999). "World Population Hits 6 Billion". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
    "Nević" is a common misspelling of Adnan's name; Bosnian language sources tend to use "Mević".
  2. ^ "Population Clock".
  3. ^ World UN chief welcomes six billionth baby